Tuesday, May 13, 2003
The UMass Minutewolves: This has been getting a lot of space in my local paper: The University of Massachusetts sports teams are called the Minutemen. This is plainly hurtful, hateful, and unfair to women, the differently gendered, gun rights opponents, and pretty much everyone else except dead white patriots with muskets and funny hats (unless they have problems with premature ejaculation, in which case "Minuteman" is a slur). Name-change money is on UMass Wolves now. Eugene Volokh makes the common-sense argument regarding team mascots. Sorry, Eugene, we've already taken the Great Leap Forward out here. Now off to the re-education camps with you, where you will cultivate organic jute for a few years.